Sep
10
2008
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16 African Ambassadors Visit The Home Of FIFA

On 8 May, 16 African ambassadors in Switzerland visited the Home of FIFA in Zurich. The visit by the high-level diplomats was at the request of the South African ambassador K. Sebati, and they were welcomed by FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter at the headquarters of world football’s governing body. They were then given a progress update on the organisation of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ by FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke and the CEO of the Local Organising Committee, Danny Jordaan. Finally, FIFA Director of International Relations Jerome Champagne presented the Win in Africa with Africa initiative. The Beninese ambassador, Samuel Amehou, undoubtedly summed up the general sentiment among his fellow diplomats when he said: “We are right behind South Africa because we appreciate what they are doing for the entire continent. By giving the FIFA World Cup™ to Africa, President Blatter has brought about a real revolution. I can assure you that FIFA really does help our countries and does not run off at the first sign of problems.” His words were echoed by the Congolese ambassador Roger Julien Menga, who added: “I would like to express my pride in belonging to the continent which will organise the next FIFA World Cup™, and I hope with all my heart that Nelson Mandela will be able to see it with his own eyes.”